Waves From Emmanuel

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Why we walk

Every parent is excited when they find out that their family is growing. My husband and I were thrilled to find out that we were expecting our third child. We began to make preparations for adding another person to our family and began to get our daughters used to the idea that a new baby was going to be in our home. As we approached our anatomy ultrasound, we planned a gender reveal with a few close friends to surprise our families with on Valentine’s Day.

On February 9, 2017, we went in for our anatomy ultrasound and our world was turned upside down. We were told our son, Emmanuel, had a fatal birth defect called Limb Body Wall Complex. We wouldn’t get to bring him home. He wouldn’t live outside the womb. We would be lucky to carry him to term. In a follow up ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis, Emmanuel yawned at us and waved to us…as if he knew we were watching.

We chose to continue to carry Emmanuel because we believe in a God that can heal every ill…..including birth defects that are death sentences. We also chose to give him as much of a life as we could knowing that he wouldn’t get a traditional life like our daughters. So, we made the baby bucket list. We took Emmanuel places that we would take our family and do the normal things that families do. We went to a bacon processing facility, the zoo, the aquarium, a baseball game, my alma mater, my husband’s alma mater, strawberry picking, the beach, on a spa day, and a wedding…..just to name a few.

We delivered Emmanuel ALIVE! on June 13, 2017. He lived for 73 minutes and was loved for a life time in those short 73 minutes.

Emmanuel is why we walk. We walk so that hopefully no other family will have to experience the heartbreak we have of losing a child. We walk so Emmanuel’s memory will stay alive. We walk so others will get what we will not.

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Funds raised in March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

Fundraising goal: $5,000
Saturday, November 04, 2017
30 Donors | 1810 Visitors
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Sponsor messages

Sarah Johnson
2 months ago
From Xander and Talon with LOVE
Angie Padgett
2 months ago
We are forever grateful for the gift that you have given our family. We are blown away by your generosity and faith.
Rebecca Sullivan
2 months ago
For the health of every baby. For science. In memory of all families who have lost a child.
Jennifer Thorndyke
2 months ago
Love you ??
Kristen Walsh
3 months ago
love and gratitude
Holly Lee
4 months ago
Love you guys! I pray for you often. Hoping this donation can help fund research to help babies. What an extraordinary, special family you are.
Kimberly and Scott Paulson
5 months ago
Dear Lee & Karen, Your family remain in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to meeting your precious Emmanuel dancing with Jesus one day. ?? We love you, Kimberly, Scott, Kay, Josie and David Xox
Mina Bullard
5 months ago
Karen you are an inspirational mother and I love you and your family. Even though I never got to meet him, Emmanuel has touched my heart from 496 miles away. :)
Pat Conway
6 months ago
Words can not express adequately the respect and love Gary and I have for you and Lee. It is our privilege to support you. God bless you always, Pat and Gary
Samone Pabon
6 months ago
We love you all and what a wonderful blessing to be able to give others.
Vikki and Dale Ernst
6 months ago
For every precious minute you had with Emmanuel Dale and I donate in his everlasting memory. Love to you and your girls!
Allison Pridgen
6 months ago
Karen, you and your family are so loved. I continue to pray for you and God's hand on your life.
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Team event

100 East First St., Greenville, NC 27858
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Start time: 10:00 AM
Registration time: 8:30AM
Walk distance: 3 miles

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